Tuesday, March 23, 2010

White faced Capuchin monkey, reaching for a banana

If you look closely, you will be able to see that this white faced Capuchin monkey is reaching for a banana that we tossed to him. These monkeys are very intelligent. They are the same species that organ grinders will use to solicit donations from a crowd.

I read an article in the local newspaper recently that in our region of Costa Rica environmental authorities have installed several hundred "monkey bridges." Wildlife authorities studied monkey behavior to determine the places where they travel most frequently. They built the monkey bridges across roadways and in areas that monkeys have been traveling across telephone and electrical wires. The purpose is to give monkeys safe passage to reduce accidents.

We have a monkey bridge right in Tamarindo in front of the Capital Suizo Resort. It provides a way for monkeys to cross the road from Tamarindo to Langosta from the safety of about 15 meters above the roadway so they do not have to deal with traffic on the street. The monkeys are more comfortable and safe traveling around from tree to tree rather than down on the ground.

On our Viva la Voyage travel photo site this week we are showing photos of Uluru, also called Ayers Rock, in Australia.

12 comments:

brattcat said...

That's a rather disdainful expression on his face. I wonder what he's thinking.

Sharon said...

What a great idea!

JM said...

Cool capture! I have a similar shot of two of these guys stealing our lunch leftovers! :-)

Lois said...

What an adorable little guy! I love the monkey bridge idea too.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

don't take my banana!

glenda said...

Wonder how long it takes the monkeys to use the bridges. Great idea. I remember when I visited and these little guys took fruit from my hand.

Jarart said...

This little fellow is very cute. It's a great that the bridges were put in for them. Nice capture as always.

Nathalie said...

Monkey bridges, now that's clever!
Costa Rica does things right, well done.

Now I'm off to Uluru with you!

Steffe said...

Great idea with the bridges. And I like the photo.

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